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Is not a favorite of mine - few of Hitchcock's post-war films are. Just
"to Catch a Thief" and "North by Northwest" and even those suffer from
what I consider toxic audience manipulation and mannerism.
So, as I suffered through this episode just to see how faithful it was to "Rear Window", which it was, with Beckett and Alexis sharing Grace Kelly's role while Castle himself did a good job with Jimmy Stewart's, I was constantly reminded of why I dislike Hitchcock's version so much. Kept having to keep reminding myself I was watching voluntarily, they did such a good job with their source.
And then Wham! Kate with a knife to her neck, the lights going out and Castle hobbling to the rescue. Identical to Hitchcock's manipulation of his audience and Wham! The ending.
Giving a ten partially for its Homage to "Rear Window", including the outrageous audience manipulation, but mainly for the Wham! and will spoil that by warning: if you have a heart condition have your nitroglycerin handy.
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